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The Formative Evaluation Of Free Trade Agreements: Assessing The Consequences Of The North American Free Trade Agreement

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This paper attempts to contribute toward the ongoing formative evaluation of free trade agreements. A review of various data sources, as well as of the literature regarding the consequences of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) upon the country of Mexico, provides the specific focus for this study. Free trade agreements are largely created to abolish tariffs between member countries and to minimize governmental restrictions. The North American Free Trade Agreement, which went into effect in 1994, included the member countries of Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The access to data available through the Mexican Department of Commerce, The Department of State, The International Monetary Fund, etc., provide data indicating both positive and negative impacts derived from the creation of NAFTA.

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